Jovana loses out to Lao

Jovana’s run at the Surprise Tennis Classic was halted in the second round with a 4-6 7-6 6-2 defeat by Danielle Lao.

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Jovana, the No.2 seed at the ITF Pro Circuit event in Arizona, had her chances to close out the victory when she served for the match at 5-4 and 6-5 in the second set, but was clawed back by her American opponent.

A niggling back problem took its toll in the third set and Jovana ran out of steam. She kicked herself after making such a confident start in the first set.

“I’m going back and forth with the back problem for like two months already,” said Jovana. “It’s the same thing I had in 2014 and than I was okay for 15 months. So I’m trying to get the right treatment.

“I definitely had my chances in the second set and should have taken them. I need to go get my back sorted but I’m hopeful of being able to play in California next week.”